Notes on the Atrocities
Like a 100-watt radio station, broadcasting to the dozens...

Saturday, October 04, 2003  

The half-life between the "spin" and the refutation is getting ever briefer:

Though he made no assertion that Hussein had actual weapons of mass destruction, Bush read a passage from the report indicating the Iraqi leader was determined to get them. "Iraq's WMD programs spanned more than two decades, involved thousands of people, billions of dollars, and was elaborately shielded by security and deception operations that continued even beyond the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom," he said, quoting Kay's findings. "That is what the report said."

...Yesterday, Kay estimated it would have taken Iraq five to seven years to reconstitute its nuclear program. During the campaign to win support for invading Iraq, officials such as Vice President Cheney had described Iraq's nuclear program as already reconstituted. But Iraq had started to rebuild only its staff of nuclear scientists, and had undertaken limited nuclear-related experiments.

What's particularly offensive is that Bush rolls out the "spin" (or, less charitably, attempts to mislead) even while CNN is reporting that the Kay Report casts serious doubts on Bush's claims. The only thing the President can assume is that we're too stupid to notice the discrepancy.

(It makes pretty good satire, of course. The thing is, it's not satire--it's our foreign and domestic policy.)

posted by Jeff | 10:31 AM |
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